A Reader's Companion to the Fiction of Willa Cather

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R---, FORT. See FORT R---

R---, MADAME. The unnamed French actress whose portrait Aaron Dunlap is said to have painted in "The Profile" is probably Gabrielle Charlotte Reju, called Réjane, born at Paris in 1857 and died there in 1920. Her "semitic rival" is Sarah Bernhardt (q.v.). S: Profi 1

RABBIT BRUSH. In both Death Comes for the Archbishop and The Professor's House, rabbitbrush ( Chrysothamnus nauseosus and C. graveolens) adorns the desert floor. A low, rounded shrub that grows in Colorado, New Mexico, and other southwestern states, rabbitbrush is a common associate of sagebrush. N: DC III, 3; N: PH II, 2

RABBIT GUN. When Wunsch goes into a destructive drunken tirade outside their house ( The Song of the Lark), the Kohlers wish their rabbit gun were not out in the barn. The reference is simply to the gun the Kohlers kept for rabbits. Over the years, rabbit hunters have chosen a variety of guns, and any of the so-called "varmint rifles," with high velocity and low trajectory, are used. Twelve gauge shotguns have been used for many years because the jackrabbit is an elusive target. Still other hunters prefer to use a .22 rifle, however. Rabbits give hunters the best possible practice for running shots at more desirable game. N: SoL I, 13

RABBITS. The rabbits referred to in much of Willa Cather's western fiction are jackrabbits (q.v.) and cottontails, Sylvilagus floridanus, found over a large portion of North America. N: AB5; N: DC III, 4; N: LoL I, 5-6; II, 6; N: MA I, 3-6,10,14; III, 3; V, 1; N: OnO V, 6, 17; N: OP I, 2, 4; II, 6; III, 1; IV, 7; N: PH II, 2, 6; N: SHR IV, 2; V, 1; VI, 4; IX, 2; N: SoL I, 7, 12-13, 16; VI, 2; P:Sw; S:Bef, S:Boo; S: Com4; S: Er 2; S: Tr1

RACE-COURSE. See FAIR GROUND

RACHEL. A daughter of Aunt Blanche, and the young cousin of Cécile Auclair in Shadows on the Rock. N: ShR I, 2; V, 4

RACHEL. See BLAKE, RACHEL

RAFFELLI. In "Paul's Case," the dreamy youth admires the Parisian scenes of the French artist Jean-François Raffaëlli, born in Paris in 1850 and died there in 1924. He

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction xi
  • Notes xix
  • "Handbook of Willa Cather" by John March: Preface and Key to Symbols for Primary Sources xxi
  • A 1
  • B 41
  • C 115
  • D 195
  • E 228
  • F 254
  • G 292
  • H 330
  • I 372
  • J 383
  • K 400
  • L 412
  • M 448
  • N 517
  • O 540
  • P 561
  • Q 606
  • R 610
  • S 648
  • T 745
  • U 782
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  • About the Author and Editors 848
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